Police ID driver in fatal Roseville hit and run; charges pending

Roseville police say they have identified the driver they say fatally hit a man who was lying on Cleveland Avenue in the early morning hours of July 22.

According to Deputy Chief Erika Scheider, charges of felony failing to remain at the scene of a fatal collision were pending against the male driver as of press time.

Scheider said Roseville officers were dispatched to the 2500 block of Cleveland Avenue around 2 a.m. July 22 on a report of a man and woman arguing.

Police found the woman a couple blocks north, Scheider said. The woman told officers that she and her boyfriend had been arguing and that she walked away to calm down.

Checking the area, an officer found a man lying in the southbound lane of Cleveland Avenue with multiple life-threatening injuries that appeared to have been from being hit by a vehicle, Scheider said. Officers attempted to provide aid, but the man, identified as a 23-year-old from Minneapolis, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A semi-truck driver who was in the northbound lanes of Cleveland told police he saw the man lying in the road near Oakcrest Avenue, and upon seeing an SUV approaching he honked and flashed his lights in an attempt to alert the SUV’s driver to the man, Scheider said. The area is a block south of County Road C near a number of hotels and restaurants.

The driver of the SUV ran over the man and then stopped, but drove off as officers were attending to the person who’d been hit, Scheider said.

Based on security footage and witness statements, police tracked down the driver’s SUV, a 1997 Chevy Tahoe, at a nearby motel, Scheider said. A man staying in the same hotel room as the driver told police that the driver said he’d hit someone the night before while driving the SUV.

Scheider said the driver spoke to detectives over the phone and admitted to running over something near Cleveland and Oakcrest on his way home from work. The man allegedly said he learned from others at the scene that he’d hit a person, and admitted to leaving.

The man arranged to meet with detectives, Scheider said, but was a no-show and has since turned off his phone. 

Police are searching for the man and the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office is considering charging him with a felony. 

Police ask that anyone with information related to the case call the Roseville Police Department at 651-792 7008 or submit a tip online at www.cityofroseville.com/3194/Crime-Tips.

 

—Mike Munzenrider

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